JACKSON-In a joint statement today, Republican National Congress Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, New Jersey GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt and New Jersey State Senator Robert Singer (R-Ocean/Monmouth County) denounced Facebook comments made by Jackson Township GOP County Committee Chairwoman Clara Glory and Jackson GOP Club President Todd Porter.
“We condemn hateful rhetoric in the strongest possible terms. There is no place for anti-Semitism in our party,” the joint statement said.
The statement was made in light of Facebook posts made by the two Republican leaders regarding the growing Orthodox Jewish community in their community. Jackson borders Lakewood Township which is home to the largest concentration of Orthodox Jews outside of Israel.
The Jackson club has been plagued with resignations over what some have deemed inappropriate and sometimes anti-Semitic comments. Club officials have denied these claims, but the casualty report is growing almost daily.
Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank B. Holman, III refused to comment on the posts made by his two underlings. Glory and Porter are staunch political allies of the chairman and were influential in his rise to power in the vacuum left when former Chairman George Gilmore resigned from his position.
Two weeks, Jackson Township Councilman Robert Nixon, who is a defendant in two federal lawsuits and under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice, along with others on the governing body announced his resignation from the township council.
The Department of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General are also investigating actions by the Jackson Township Republican club concerning laws created by the township council that Orthodox Jews in the community say targeted them unfairly.
Dr. Richard Roberts, a philanthropist and one of President Donald J. Trump’s closest advisors on Jewish relations also condemned the local government for their actions.